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county executive smith who declined to be here today. >> reporter: parents say ceilings were lowered and new windows that only open six inches were installed to save money with heating and cooling but a heating and cooling system that would have made this a model of efficiency was cut out of the renovation budget. >> my son is a sixth grader, but the heat index in some of the classrooms is as high as 108. >> reporter: for your son, you said, too, is it pretty miserable for him? >> it's stifling. imagine sitting in a room, no air moving and you're just hot trying to learn. >> reporter: county school officials say that they are aware of the problem. in fact they are not only just dealing with the problem here but they know there are other schools in this system that are just too hot in the warm weather. >> two, one. >> reporter: today baltimore county broke ground on the new $70 million replacement for car very high. the -- car very high. and it's a matter of ridgely they say, having to wait its turn. >> the condition exists in
several parts of the county at this point now so it's a matter of us getting back with the engineers and looking for a viable solution for the near future. >> i guess funding is an issue. >> it is. >> reporter: county council members say they will look at the budget to see if a special case for funding be made for ridgely middle school but in a tight budget year any money may be hard to find. in towson, roosevelt leftwich, abc2 news. >> parents tell us they are also looking for help from state lawmakers. they are hoping that more money could be freed up to give to the county. now for a look at tonight's top stories. a johns hopkins university student killed a burglary suspect with a samurai sword. police say four students were inside a home at the corner of university parkway and university place when they heard a noise. one of the students grabbed the sword and went out to the garage. police say the suspect lunged at the student and the student nearly severed the suspect's hand and cut his body with a
sword. the suspect died at the scene. some good news in the fight against the spread of swine flu. the fda has now approved a new vaccine. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says she hopes to get the first limited supplies distributed by early next month. president obama says america's success depends on the success of its working class. in a speech today in pittsburgh the president told the labor federation that jumpstarting the economy depends on better lives for the working class. mr. obama also addressed workers at a gm plant in ohio. the remains of a civil war soldier are finally heading home to new york. a hiker discovered the remains on the national battlefield in western maryland last october. the remains were handed over to the new york army national guard today and honor guard will escort the coffin to saratoga national cemetery for burial thursday. the soldier was killed in
action at millers cornfield during the battle on september 17, 1862. got pretty warm today before the clouds and the showers moved in. the temperatures right now from our storm center weathernet around the region, from thurgood marshall in baltimore right now, 76 but they had a high of 82. umbc also at 76. still 81 in sykesville at piney ridge elementary school and deerpark elementary school now at 79 degrees in owings mills. maryland's most powerful doppler radar tracking those little sprinkles moving through and as we go through the next 48 to 72 hours we will see increased shower activity cross the region but no tension -- terence torrential downpours. we'll have upper 70s to near 80 for the next few hours but things clear off with the showers moving through. complete forecast coming up. autopsy results on a yale medical student will stay secret for now. there's late word from new haven, connecticut, that
prosecutors fear details of annie le's death could hurt the case against her killer if made public. mary kutursky is following that case. >> reporter: police interviewed 150 people in connection to annie le's killing and sources tell abc news investigators are zeroing in on a lab technician who worked in the building where le conducted her graduate research. the male suspect has failed a lie detector test and has what appeared to be defensive wounds reportedly on his chest, a possible indication of a struggle. at one point while being questioned reports say the man stopped talking and asked for a lawyer. police have not characterized the relationship between suspect and victim but have said no other students were involved. the 24-year-old pharmacology graduate student went missing a week ago today. she was seen entering the lab building but never leaving. more than 100 investigators from the fbi and police spent six days poring over blueprints and surveillance footage, even bringing dogs to search le's
lab. they found her body stuffed in a wall in the basement sunday on what would have been her wedding day the medical examiner labored the death a homicide but declined to publish their full report at the request of prosecutors. >> to find out who it was, why it happened, how it happened. security is supposed to be pretty tight. >> everyone kind of looking out for each other. my roommates know where i am all the time. just kind of keeping tabs on each other. keeping everything safe. >> reporter: even though police here appear to be honing in on a suspect the lack of an arrest so far has unnerved some on the yale campus. a university waiting to exhale after its first killing in more than a decade has to wait a little longer. aaron kutursky, abc news, new haven, connecticut. the fbi is warning police departments across the country to be on the lookout for terrorist activity. the warning comes after a raid yesterday on three new york city apartments looking for men allegedly connected to
al-qaeda. investigators targeted a group of afghan men living in new york and denver. they say the denver men recently traveled to pakistan and came back with bomb-making documents. >> there is very good reason to believe that there's a connection to al-qaeda or to al-qaeda supporters. yes, this does not appear to be self-starters. >> no one was arrested in the raid and no explosives were found but the fbi did take several documents, computers and cell phones. a number of people were taken into custody following the raids but have since been released. when a patient goes into cardiac arrest nurses and doctors spring into action. who has a higher survival rate when it comes to these kinds of emergencies? and does race play a part? plus, some rental car companies are snuffing out smoking in their vehicles. how much you'll have to pay if you decide to light up. but before we get to those stories we'll head outside and take to you montgomery county.
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nasdaq up 10, and s & p up just over 3 it seems consumer confidence is going up. retail sales showed a huge increase, jumping 2.7% last month. the largest increase in three and a half years. the commerce department says these numbers do not include auto, gas and restaurant sales. the news also comes the same day that chairman of the federal reserve says he believes the recession is over. smokers won't be able to light up in certain rental cars anymore. avis and budget have decided to ban smoking in their vehicles, starting october 1st you'll have to obey the rule or pay up. the companies say you'll be charged $250 in cleaning fees if you smoke in one of their cars. the company leaders say they get more requests from people for nonsmoking cars than the ones you can smoke in. the great pumpkin problem. why pumpkins could cost you more this year. and be a little harder to find come halloween. plus, tough times may have you on a beer budget and that's
great news for brewers. more on how we're going back to the basics, in tonight's "in focus." i'm megan pringle. you need some help financially? we've got you covered. if you have not done it yet check our "financial survival guide" on abc2news.com. what you'll find today -- thousands are without jobs in maryland. but getting back to the work force isn't easy. the job hunting advice that you may not have heard of until now. plus, you want your children oeat healthy lunches everyday at school. the eight tips to make sure their lunches are not spoiled. all that information and more on abc2news.com. so check our "financial survival guide." i'm megan pringle. abc2 news.
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midwest and new england might make it hard to find that perfect pumpkin. growers in some states say harvests are down significantly from last year which could mean shortages or, yes, higher prices. other reasons you might see higher pumpkin prices? higher fuel and fertilizer costs. the recession has many of us on a beer budget but that is not a bad thing if you're in the beer business. brewers are finding the flat economy is good for what ails them. while wine may be fine and liquor may be quicker beer sales are barreling along. abc's diana avillar with the story. >> reporter: if the recession has you you ready to drown your sorrows prices are it won't be a high-priced cocktail. an increasing number of americans are going back to basics with the microbrew. >> one of the things about beer, it's always been the drink of the approximately teariate. >> reporter: greg hall is the chief beer officer and says the chicago based brewery has never been businessier, up over 5%
over last year. americans in general drinking 2% more beer at restaurants than they were a year ago, a small but significant increase. if you consider liquor sales are flat. and restaurant business overall, down 2% in the same period. according to researcher hairy balder. >> -- harry balder. >> what americans want more than anything else, a new version of something they already know. >> reporter: not only is the demand for beer growing so is the demand for different varieties. in fact, eight new bruce were created -- brews were created last year. >> the consumer wants more beers with more flavor. >> reporter: at a time when disposable dollars are at a minimum. >> it's not like we're not drinking anymore. it's what we're eating and drivenning. >> reporter: to the to mention tossing back a local brew means giving back to one's community.
>> i think people like the local companies. almost anywhere in the u.s. there's a local brewery to support. >> reporter: and they are toasting all the way to the bank. abc news, chicago. i've got to go back to the pumpkin story. we heard the weather might affect prices in some parts of the country. might be that the same situation here? >> i thought our season was excellent, it was a great growing season so far for corn and things of that i thought i heard the same pumpkin story last year about the same time. >> i recall that. >> what's going on here? we'll check it out. in the meantime, check this out. outside now, yes, sir, folks at the light street pavilion enjoying the nice weather temporarily. showers on the way.
we've already got a few in the area. we'll show you them in a second. at bwi marshall, 78 degrees. 62% humidity. wind continues from the east at 7 and the pressure 29.92. here are the temperatures across the area now. and in winchester, virginia, 82. it's already down to 70 in oakland. dover at 80 degrees. 81 in atlantic city and pax river now 79. our satellite picture throughout the day. nice start. lots of sunshine. warm temperatures but then the clouds rolled in. where did they come from. right now we have a cold front, stretching through this region here. this little area of low pressure. we'll show you the area of low pressure that is here, that is going to be making its way along the cold front. the cold front will be stationery. trust me, it's here, it will move in this direction. then these area the of low pressure will ride along the front giving us the counterchockwise circulation of air, bringing moisture into the
region. is why we'll have a -- the heaviest rain remains here over the southeastern portion of the united states but these little areas of low pressure will continue to give us scattered showers tomorrow. the heavier rain on thursday. and then things clear up a little friday and saturday and sunday the high pressure from the north, that will continue to move down. it will push everything to the south and that's going to give us some nice weather for the weekend. right maryland's most powerful doppler radar indicating showers just to the west of the annapolis area. also a few scattered showers up here across portions of baltimore county and down through the harford county area, across aberdeen and showers now just to the northwest of frederick. depending on where you're driving around there's scattered showers out there. nothing of any real significance but the heavier rain like we said is going to kind of hold off for about a day or so. in towson 76. 77 downtown. 77 annapolis. kingsville 75. havre de grace 78. and way out to the west,
damascus now at 80. our forecast for the overnight period, cloudy skies, a few scattered showers occurring the -- during the day tomorrow. heaviest stuff to the southwest of us. for overnight, mostly cloudy skies, a few scattered showers, 67 for the low. during the day tomorrow, cloudy, cooler, scattered showers, 73 degrees. not a torrential washout. heavier rainfall thursday, friday showers let up a little but look at the cool temperatures. saturday and sunday the sunshine wins out with the cool temperature remaining all the way down through the beginning of next week. back at 6:00 with more on the weather. in "2 your health" -- according to the centers for disease control more than a third of mothers start feeding their child baby formula in the first week, and less than half breastfeed after six weeks. that means the baby formula that mimics the essential nutrients of breast milk is
vital for and i infant's physical and mental development. research has shown when it comes to a variety of non-emergency medical procedures and conditions racial despairities exist. experts say it may be due to underuse or overuse of services, patient preferences or access to care. a new study attempts to take those factors out of the equation. haleywellon has the story. >> reporter: hospital staff underwhen a patient has a cardiac arrest, resuscitation attempts must happen immediately. >> the patient's heart stopped, they stopped breathing and there's no electrical or mechanical activity of the heart. >> reporter: dr. paul chan and his colleagues felt that these in-hospital emergency events provided a unique opportunity to look at whether medical treatment and
ultimately survival differ between black and white patients. >> the response is immediate and required to save the patient's life. many of these other factors such as overuse of therapy, underuse, insurance status and cultural preferences that differ by race should really play no role as to whether or not patients have a cardiac arrest survive. >> reporter: appearing this week in the journal of the american medical association their research examined the survival rates of over 10,000 patients in a startized national -- standardized national registry who required cpr following cardiac arrest. the study found black patients had slightly more than 25% survival rate, white patients survived more than 37% of the time. however, that 12% gap substantially narrowed after researchers took into account the hospital where treatment was received. >> some hospitals are better performers when it comes to the resuscitating and providing the best possible care of the
patients with cardiac arrest than other hospitals. these differences seem to disproportionately affect patients who are black. >> reporter: experts say finding ways of improving the quality of resuscitation and post-resuscitation care in these underperforming hospitals will be crucial to eliminating survival differences by race. >> the amount and aggressiveness of resuscitation attempts also measured with no evidence of significant differences by race. students across the state have new school lunch options thanks to a new program. the farm-to-school program kicked off at frank hebron elementary school in hanover today. it provides locally grown produce to schools across the state and teaches students abouting agriculture. >> we get to support the local farmers. it helps their economic situation as well as the community at large. >> most of the meals come 1,500 miles. it's a kinds of a waste of energy when you can coordinate
things and get things closer. >> reporter: last year the program provided more than 29,000 servings of fresh produce to county public schools. here's a look at what is coming up on abc2 news at 6:00 -- a hopkins student kills an intruder. what the legal experts are saying about the right to defend yourself. and acorn came under fire recently because of controversial videos. tonight, a look at the fallout. those stories and more straight ahead. every sunday, lasagna at mom's was a family tradition.
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hometown hero michael phelps takes on shaquille o'neal in the pool. that's tonight at 9:00 on abc2. you'll recall charm city welcomed shaq back in august when the showdown was taped in front of a sold-out crowd at loyola college. who reigned supreme? tune in at 9:00. a 12-year-old is trying to make it into the guinness book of world records by playing a popular video game. in the video gaming world dylan pfeiffer reached rock star at that -- status. he racked up 19,000 points on dpi tar hero beating the -- guitar hero beating the previous record by 10,000 points. >> i never expected to break the world record for something important. maybe something really small but not this big. >> it's great to see anybody try to break a guinness book of word record but having a 12-year-old do it was great. >> the 7 grader said he broke
the record playing metallica. he said he submitted a videotape along with witness testimonies. the guinness world records in england, he expects to hear back from them from a few weeks about whether he officially broke the record. ray lewis is kicking off a new business venture. details coming up on abc2 news at 6:00 which starts now. a johns hopkins university student kills an intruder with a samurai sword. i'm marybeth marsden. it happened at the corner of university parkway and university place near the homewood campus. police say four undergraduate hopkins students were in a house around 1:30, their house, this morning, when they heard a noise. police say their home had already been broken into earlier in the evening. one of the students grabbed a samurai sword and went out back. police say the suspected burglar was in the garage. investigators say the suspect lunged at the student and they say the student says in